Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

I opened the cabinet on Saturday to get out a dishwasher tab, so I could start the dishwasher. The bag was empty and there was absolutely no money left in the budget for anything else. I was thinking about taking all the dishes out and washing them by hand when I remembered a DIY recipe that I had printed months ago and never tried. I'm so glad that I had bought some of the basic ingredients to make homemade cleaners, a few at a time, when I did have some money. So I had everything on hand, thank God.

One of the ways I save money is by making my own household cleaners. I stopped buying cleaners years ago. I hated breathing the harsh chemicals,  they didn't work that great anyway, and were way more expensive.

 So I  called the girls into the kitchen for a project. It really didn't take long to mix up, maybe about 5 minutes. The most time consuming part was packing it down into the ice trays. Which won't really be that time consuming for those of you who are not OCD, like me.

Most of these recipes I found online and this one is no exception. Go here to see the recipe and to try it yourself. Let me know what you think. Do you already make your own dishwasher tabs? I'd love to read about your experience with homemade cleaners.

Surviving During a Job Loss.

Over the years I have tried many different things to save money. Right now on our journey it has become not only a need but necessary for our survival. I know that sounds sort of harsh, I feel like we are in survival mode right now. My husband had worked for the past ten years hauling mail for a contractor.

Well back in May they told them that they were taking all the contracts and bidding them out to two big companies, even though the contract wasn't up for two more years. My husband had been driving an hour and a half to work and was working long hours. He could have applied with the new company but it was gonna pay less plus the post office was gonna cut the route. We were already having a hard time since it took so much in gas just to get to and from work. We decided to look for another job. 

His job ended June 30th, he finally got a temporary job on July 3rd. I say temporary because it pays so little that we have to find something else and he and the employer aggreed that he would leave as soon as he found something better. We already had a lot of bills. This has been maybe one of the hardest times on this journey. I would love to be able to say that we were debt free and that we just cut back but that is not the case. We already lived very frugal, (I thought.) I never spent money on things like getting nails done or expensive name brand items. However when you have an income change like this you realize many other things that you can live without.

Now I know you must be wondering, if things are so tight then how do you have Internet. We did cut out every possible bill that we could. However since I am a Thirty One Consultant we needed to make the Internet a priority. Thirty-One has been a huge blessing. Many times the sells that I made the month before I would get payed for just in time, as our other money would run out. Plus I really enjoy Thirty-One besides, commission I also get free bags and the support and sisterhood of Thirty-One Consultants are amazing. Especially since I am blessed enough to be on one of the best teams in Thirty-One. I have a Thirty-One website and we are also selling on Ebay and I'm looking into an Esty store to sell my crocheted flower hair bows, and hairbands. So obviously in order to work on Ebay and Thirty-One I need the Internet.

So I plan to share some of the frugal tips that I have used. Sometimes I have tried things that just didn't work or I couldn't really see the savings so I ditched those. Sometimes I tried things that might have worked over time but I just couldn't stick with it. (I am human.) A few of these things I have been doing for a long time and some I just tried last week for the first time. 

All of this has helped but the main thing that has kept us through this is Jesus. A lot of prayer and a few people that he has sent to bless us. Now that doesn't mean we were still able to get what we wanted or to go anywhere. We have not been ANYWHERE all summer except to church and the grocery store. There is a very important event coming up in our family that at this time it looks like we will miss. Right now we are still having faith that our circumstance will change in time. If we miss the event yes we will be sad but that doesn't mean God is not still taking care of us. He says in his word, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 So even though we will not like it, if we have to miss the event, God may have a reason that we do not understand.
 I am still believing that it will all work out. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time Well Spent

I would rather do without than have someone else teach and spend the day with my kids. I enjoy being with my girls, even on the hard days.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Breastfeeding Part 1

I wanted to share this in hopes that I might help any misinformed new moms that may be trying or planning to nurse their baby. If you are pregnant and plan to nurse, please read now. Believe me it will be much easier to find and read this info now, instead of when you are frustrated tired and holding a screaming baby.

Let me just begin this post by saying that. I appreciate nurses and all that they do. I know  that they are really busy. I'm sure  most of the hard work and emotional stress they endure on their jobs is, to say the least exhausting. I am not in any way bashing or judging nurses.

Now for the question....  How do you go into the hospital have your first baby, leave that hospital, and have not been told how to unlatch the baby.

Well actually I know how. This happened to a friend of mine just recently. She never actually nursed the baby at the hospital because she couldn't get him to latch on correctly. So I guess since they were not standing there watching when she finally did get  him to latch then they didn't think to tell her.

Now let me tell you if you have no experience with nursing a little one. Then you may not be aware that they don't just let go. You DO NOT  just pull them off. When a baby nurses they create a suction sort of like when you are really thirsty and you guzzle from a water bottle and the sides of  the bottle begin to go in and your lips sort of suction to the bottle. You don't just pull the bottle from your lips you break the suction first, right.
 Well when you are done nursing your little one or it hurts to bad in the beginning and you just want to stop the baby from nursing for a minute. You have to break the suction. It is very simple to do. Just take your pinkie that's what we call it here, lol  (yeah your little finger) slide into the corner of the baby's mouth beside your breast until the suction breaks, then remove your breast quickly.

If you plan to breastfeed, please learn all you can now, before you baby arrives. I was one of those moms that thought. "If God made us to breastfeed our babys' it will come natural, I will know what to do" HAAA! After that first failure I learned my lesson, and  when I got the second chance with baby number 2 I spent a lot of time learning. It does not come natural to every mom and baby and it is hard for some. However don't be discouraged, if you are willing to learn and very determined you can successfully nurse you baby.

Series on Breastfeeding

I was talking with a friend the other day. She is trying to breastfeed her baby and she has had a rough start. I got to thinking about all the misconceptions about breastfeeding that I keep hearing from new moms. As well as from well meaning family and friends that tell these new moms some of the wrong things.

 I was thinking I wish I had a way to inform and help them out. Maybe a few more babys' could be nurtured by their mama's milk. If they just had more of the correct information. So I decided to do a blog post. Then I realized this will take way more than a post. Instead I plan to do a series on Breastfeeding/Nursing.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Why is "Stuff" so important to so many people? Why does it really matter if you have a 150 name brand purse or not. Why does it really matter if you have a 1500 inch flat screen? There was a time when some of these things were important to me. Now, not so much.

What about you?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wow, I can't believe Karabeth Mayla is 7 months already. It seems as though, I can almost see my children change and grow right before my eyes. I try so hard to take it all in, to enjoy every moment. I try to memorize there little faces. The first 3 months seemed so hard at the time. Nursing every 30 minutes and holding a baby almost constantly you get tired. You begin to think how will I ever get anything else done. Then it begins to get easier, you put the baby down to get a million other things done. Then you blink and gasp, you realize that in only 4 short months you will be needing to plan a 1st birthday party. Time flies, so make memories.

Here are some pictures to get you caught up.